Archive | Pedagogy

Man made of cogs

QTS: How meaningful is it anyway?

It seems axiomatic that if there is a choice between appointing someone to a teaching post who is ‘qualified’ and someone who is not it makes sense to appoint someone who is ‘qualified’. However…we may be wise to see the notion of being ‘qualified’ to teach in its broadest sense and this leads into questioning […]

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Children can be mathematicians too: it’s not about more learning – it’s about better learning

How do you successfully engage all pupils in their mathematics and encourage their enthusiasm for learning? Rejecting simplistic solutions such as more or narrow, results focused teaching, Dan Port and Sarah Rowntree, Year Six teachers at Meadowside Primary School in Gloucester, explain how they instead wanted to change existing practice and enable children in their […]

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New Year’s Resolutions from a Believer in Promise

Like it or not, every school has an ethos. Good or bad, a school’s values inform and shape its curriculum, teaching styles, relationships and organisation. Pressures to make that ethos one of compliance, competition and risk-aversion have been great over past years; but more sustainable principles are on offer. My research, at the end of […]

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Teaching foreign languages in primary schools: have we learned our lessons?

England is ranked the worst country in Europe for the level of acquisition of foreign languages amongst teenagers. And yet for decades, English schools have tried to improve this situation, perhaps most notably through experimenting with teaching modern foreign languages in primary schools (PMFL). Clearly, something has gone wrong…

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Student Teachers as ‘Producers’ of Knowledge

As the Higher Education sector is increasingly being exposed to market forces, universities are ever more concerned about keeping students ‘satisfied’ to ensure their league table positions in the National Student Survey are maintained or improved. In this piece, Paula Stone…considers this and how universities need to move beyond a ‘listen and respond’ mode and […]

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